Employment and Social Solidarity Minister George Koutrou-manis, addressing a conference of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce on Monday evening, referred to the prospects of professional insurance in the modern-day labour environment, and said that "professional security must play a supplementary role in social securities."
The minister acknowledged that "the structure of the Greek social insurance system until today did not favour the development of supplementary systems" and attributed the causes to the different treatment and the different status that could secure strong groups in the public system itself, very often in an unorthodox way and at the expense of less organised groups and usually weak.
Koutroumanis also expressed his support for the need for professional groups to discuss ways of covering health expenditure or pensioning needs that the social insurance system cannot cover.